Law and Policy


GOP Proposed maps - October 2021
Proposed GOP Maps Would End Evers’ Ability to Veto Any of Their Bills

Gov. Evers: “Republicans will have to do better than this if they expect me to sign either of these bills—they need to go back to the drawing board.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) holds a press conference on April 13 where he demands Gov. Tony Evers accept severe restrictions on local health officials, schools, and the governor himself in exchange for tens of millions of dollars in federal supplemental COVID food aid. (Image via Wisconsin Eye.)
GOP Approves Resolution That Tries to Lock in Gerrymandering for Another Decade

The resolution declares it “the public policy of the state” that electoral maps change as little as possible.

Defund Police on MLK Drive in Madison. (Photo by Eric Tadsen)
Who’s Really ‘Defunding the Police’? GOP-Authored Funding Rules.

Declining state aid under Scott Walker left municipalities with tough budget decisions. Police departments have faced cuts.

A police officer draws a gun
‘More Work Left’: First Police Reform Bills Pass, but Some Push for More

Evers says he’ll sign the bills, but he, legislative Democrats, and organizers say the state needs deeper reforms.

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Wisconsin Senate Takes First Steps Toward Police Reform Since George Floyd’s Murder

More bills await a vote in both the Senate and Assembly as the state inches toward reforms. The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday passed four police reform bills, the first legislative action to change law enforcement policy since last year’s mass protests began after the murder of George Floyd by a then-Minneapolis police officer. The bipartisan...

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
’Amen!’—Wisconsin Reacts to Chauvin Conviction. State’s Racial Disparities Task Force Begins to Wrap Up.

Jurors in Minneapolis convict former police officer. Wisconsin panel still debating a "use of force" policy.

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Another Fight Over Local Control: This One May Sink a Bill Decriminalizing Pot

Introduced in three legislative sessions, parties now disagreeing on a change that would remove local control over penalties.